Monday – Spiritual Health
We kicked off the week with an exciting student panel on spirituality. Students from different religious backgrounds answered questions around the meaning of their religion to them, their practice of their religion and typical annual celebrations. Speakers included Year 13 students Benji Flacks (Marsden), Lydia Mills (Taylor), Best Sespattanachai (Selwyn), Taumata Toki (Peart) and many others.
Tuesday – Natural Health
On Tuesday we had a Naturopath speaking to the students on natural skin care. We were also treated to a session of learning how to put on make up, with one of the female students acting as a guinea pig for the boys. The speaker from World Organics offered their insights on acne treatment for teenagers and aromatherapy to help with memory and concentration.
Wednesday – Physical Health
Anita McLaren, former Black Sticks player and one of the staff at King’s, held a presentation focused on “Keeping on Track as a Professional Athlete”. She talked to students about the life of a national athlete, an aspiration of several students at the College. McLaren shared the story of how she won two medals at the Commonwealth Games and took part in two Olympic Games. She also talked about the challenges of sporting success, mentally and physically.
Thursday – Nutrition
The highly competitive Inter-House Cook-Off hosted by 2013 MasterChef finalist Vanessa Baxter showed off the impressive culinary skills of our students. The cook-off was judged by a guest panel of judges, including Headmaster Simon Lamb. The Houses were competing for the healthiest and best-looking lunch. In the end, it was Marsden House who triumphed with Moroccan-style Pitas.
Friday – Mental Health
On the final day of the Student Health Week, students and staff from the College was got to listen to entertaining and inspirational presentation by comedian and mental health advocate Mike King. King shared the story of his struggle with depression and addiction;
The Student Health Council led by Year 13 students Finn Potter (Parnell), Ellen Davis (Taylor)and guided by staff members Sarah Hardy and Rosemary Carrington put in an enormous amount of effort to enable this amazing Student Health Week. The Student Health Council hopes that all the events they have organized have raised awareness about the many facets of health and that King’s students will keep aspiring to stay healthy.
Christian Dimitrov (St John’s, Year 13)